In support of a cause that is dear to all of its members, the 30 Epiderma medical aesthetic clinics are proud to have contributed once again this year to a fundraising campaign for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (QBCF). No less than $14,420 was raised and donated to the foundation as pink October, breast cancer awareness month, came to a close.
While Epiderma staff members contributed to the QBCF’s awareness and fundraising efforts for the 15th year in a row, to date, $99,100 has been raised during Epiderma’s Pink Month, held through the annual breast cancer awareness month recognized here and around the world. One of Epiderma’s goals is to enable all women to feel good about themselves by contributing to their overall health and well-being.
“Supporting the foundation’s mission is a natural fit for us. The research, support services and educational activities to which our donations are allocated contribute to the well-being of many Québec women,” says Jacinthe Blais, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Medicart network. This is why throughout the month of October, for each laser hair removal, cellulite, body contouring and microdermabrasion package sold, Epiderma clinics donated $20 to the QBCF.
For more than 25 years, more than 250,000 hours of medical research through 70 research projects, 30 community support projects, an online support service and an educational program have been funded through the QBCF.
“More than ever, people affected by breast cancer and their families need help and support. The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to support them by offering free support services throughout Québec. Being able to count on the support of the Medicart/Epiderma network year after year for the past 15 years is heartwarming and allows us to focus on our goals,” adds Karine-Iseult Ippersiel, President and CEO of the QBCF.
In Canada, breast cancer accounts for an average of 25% of newly diagnosed cancers. Approximately 6,900 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of these, 1,350 will die from the disease. Women between the ages of 50 and 69 are the most affected by this cancer. Breast cancer is most common in pregnant women. Among men, 270 Canadians will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 55 of them will die from it.